Vienna, Kaiserlich-Königliche Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, 1864. Folio (32.9 x 25.0 cm). Title page and 109 plates (two plain and 107 in chromolithography). Contemporary morocco over marbled boards with ornamental blindstamped edges. Spine with five raised bands, blind-tooled compartments and two morocco labels (red and black) with gilt title. Marbled endpapers.
A fine natural history atlas of reptiles and amphibians with by the Austrian herpetologist Leopold Joseph Franz Johann Fitzinger (1802-1884), director of the zoos of Munich and Budapest. He is the author of the Neue Classification der Reptilien (1826), and the Systema Reptilium (1843). This explains why this Bilder-Atlas is far better than the "average" zoological atlas, both systematically/taxonomically and regarding the accuracy of the illustrations. The plates show many turtles, snakes, lizards and also some frogs, toads, and salamanders. The large size and detailed colouring explains why this book has become so rare nowadays. Nissen lists one plate less. Mild rubbing and staining to the boards, some very light spotting, but generally clean. A very good copy. Crane Library AC41; Nissen, ZBI, 1390a.